Mary passed away peacefully on December 30, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband, Vincent , in 2001 and her daughter Kim 1992. She is survived by her 8 children, Alex Dantzer, Mark Dantzer(Janice) Mary-Jo O’Keefe(David), Betty-Jean Goodwin (Arnie), Patricia Ketterling (Jim), Ruth Dantzer, Cathy Krauss (Doug) , Tamara Reiley ( Mike) and by 12 grandchildren. Mary is also survived by 3 siblings, Father Ian Boyd, Betty Boyd, and Dr. Mark Boyd (Lise) and many nieces and nephews . She is predeceased by 3 siblings, Dr. Donald Boyd (Collette), Dr. Angus Boyd (Mary) and Father Leo Boyd.
Mary was born in 1923 in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. Mary followed her father’s profession and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Law degree in 1948 (one of only three females in the class), and practiced law in Saskatchewan. She married Vince in 1949, and put her career on hold to raise nine children with Vince. Family was the enduring focus of their lives. Her devotion to her family and faith was evident to all who knew her. In the early years of marriage, Mary and Vince spent their time in Regina, Ottawa, and Edmonton, where lifelong friends were made.
Mary and Vince and the family moved to the Okanagan in 1970 where Mary continued to be actively involved in the Catholic church and the community. As Chair of the Vernon District School Board and as a long-time member of the Vernon Catholic Women’s League, Mary got to know the community intimately. Once the children were all in school, Mary decided to return to the practice of law, by studying and passing the British Columbia Bar exams in 1976. She subsequently worked with legal aid in Vernon.
As an avid athlete Mary enjoyed the Okanagan to the fullest, playing tennis, golf and skiing. Mary continued her daily swim in Kalamalka Lake up until she was 85 years of age. Her other passions included a competitive game of bridge and actively debating books at her book club. Mary was a loving mother, always encouraging her children to be the best they could be. She loved having all her children around her and took special enjoyment in visits from her grandchildren. Our mother’s encouragement and wisdom will be sorely missed by all of us. Mary lived a full and happy life based in a strong belief of God and family.
Prayers for Mary will be held on Friday Jan 4, 2013 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church at 7pm, (10102 Middleton Drive) with the Funeral Mass being held on Saturday January 5, at 2pm. Reception to follow.
As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the North Okanagan Hospice Society.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home